Response from Scholarship Recipient Kirsten Dees

Fun is the Final Product:  Process Art for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Presenters Kristen Bodine and Katie O’Brian

This was my favorite session of the day.  The session began with the participants making their own art using liquid starch and tissue paper shapes.  It was a good ice breaker. I talked to other librarians as we made art.

The librarians introduced us to process art.  I had heard of process art before, but I wanted to know more.  It is all about the process not the product.  There are no instructions to follow, no sample,  The project is child focused and directed.  The goal of my new  program series is for the children to be creative, learn, and have fun.  This fits in perfectly.

At the beginning of this year I started a new program series called Kids Club for ages 4-7 that is once a week.  I was seeking new ideas for this program and decided that this session sounded interesting.  I plan on using the ideas that they shared for Kids Club.  Children love to paint.  They want to paint every week. I just needed more ideas on types of activities that they could do with the paint.  Some of the ideas I am going to use are:  play music while painting, coffee filter watercolors, circle art, yarn painting, and tissue paper painting.  They also provided a list of resources for more information.

Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas and information.

Kirsten Dees

Pueblo City County Library District

CATS Winter Workshop 2017 Presentation Now Posted

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Thank you to everyone who came to the CATS Winter Workshop at Library 21c in Colorado Springs! For those that couldn’t make it or if you want to review a presentation again, the presentations we have received thus far are posted on our blog now at https://catsig.wordpress.com/.

Have a wonderful day and we hope to see you at the next CATS Meeting on April 14th 2017 at Durango Public Library in Durango Colorado!

January is Here…Don’t Forget to Register

CATS Winter Workshop on January 30, 2017 from 9am-4pm. Register here. The cost is $45 for CAL members, $50 for nonmembers. Lots of wonderful offerings, see schedule below:

Monday, January 30, 2017
Library 21c
Pikes Peak Library District
1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

9:00 – Library doors open

9:15 – Welcome and Introductions

9:30-10:15 – Opening Session The Venue
Robin Kurz, Emporia State University: Missing from Our Shelves: Librarian Censorship of GLBTQ Youth Titles

10:30-11:15 – Breakout Session One (choose one):
• Katniss for President! Creative Ways to Partner With Schools (Teen) – The Venue
• Fun is the Final Product: Process Art for Toddlers and Preschoolers (Children) – Children’s Programming Room
• STEM Out: Providing STEM Programming in the Community (Both) – ENT Meeting Room

11:30-12:15 – Breakout Session Two (choose one):
• Technology, Our Kids, Our Libraries (Children) – The Venue
• Teen Librarian-ing for Introverts (Teen) – Children’s Programming Room
• STEAM Works (Both) – ENT Meeting Room

12:30-1:30 – Lunch – The Venue
Rita King, Baker & Taylor: Trends

1:45-2:30 – Breakout Session Three (choose one):
• Everything You Wanted to Know About Beginning Readers But Were Afraid to Ask (Children) – The Venue
• Movin’ and Groovin’ (Children) – Children’s Programming Room
• STEAM Programming and Maker Spaces for Every Library (Both) – ENT Meeting Room

2:45-3:30 – Closing Session – The Venue
Grey Havens YA

3:30-4:00 – Guerrilla Storytime / Guerrilla Teen Programming (Gifts for attendees) – The Venue

Hope to see you all there!

CATS Winter Workshop Scholarship from CLEF

Great news…CLEF (the Colorado Library Education Foundation) is offering 1 CATS Winter Workshop Scholarship! Apply here https://calwebs.site-ym.com/page/CLEFWorkshopScholar by January 18th and CLEF will notify you by January 24th if you are the one to receive the scholarship.

Scholarships for CATS 2017 Winter Workshop are Available

6 scholarships are available for the 2017 CATS (Children and Teen Services Division of the Colorado Association of Libraries) Winter Workshop! The workshop will be January 30 at Library 21c in Colorado Springs; go to https://catsig.wordpress.com/ for more info. Scholarship recipients will receive free registration for the workshop, which has an excellent lineup of learning and networking opportunities. Apply for a scholarship by January 6 online:

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3192956/2017-CATS-Winter-Workshop-Scholarship-Application

January is Fast Approaching…Don’t forget to register for CATS Winter Workshop 2017

Just a reminder that January is just around the corner. Don’t forget to register for the CATS Winter Workshop on January 30, 2017 from 9am-4pm. Register here. The cost is $45 for CAL members, $50 for nonmembers. Lots of wonderful offerings, see schedule below:

Monday, January 30, 2017
Library 21c
Pikes Peak Library District
1175 Chapel Hills Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

9:00 – Library doors open

9:15 – Welcome and Introductions

9:30-10:15 – Opening Session The Venue
Robin Kurz, Emporia State University: Missing from Our Shelves: Librarian Censorship of GLBTQ Youth Titles

10:30-11:15 – Breakout Session One (choose one):
• Katniss for President! Creative Ways to Partner With Schools (Teen) – The Venue
• Fun is the Final Product: Process Art for Toddlers and Preschoolers (Children) – Children’s Programming Room
• STEM Out: Providing STEM Programming in the Community (Both) – ENT Meeting Room

11:30-12:15 – Breakout Session Two (choose one):
• Technology, Our Kids, Our Libraries (Children) – The Venue
• Teen Librarian-ing for Introverts (Teen) – Children’s Programming Room
• STEAM Works (Both) – ENT Meeting Room

12:30-1:30 – Lunch – The Venue
Rita King, Baker & Taylor: Trends

1:45-2:30 – Breakout Session Three (choose one):
• Everything You Wanted to Know About Beginning Readers But Were Afraid to Ask (Children) – The Venue
• Movin’ and Groovin’ (Children) – Children’s Programming Room
• STEAM Programming and Maker Spaces for Every Library (Both) – ENT Meeting Room

2:45-3:30 – Closing Session – The Venue
Grey Havens YA

3:30-4:00 – Guerrilla Storytime / Guerrilla Teen Programming (Gifts for attendees) – The Venue

Hope to see you all there!

Shortlist Titles for the 2017 CLEL Bell Picture Book Award

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) announces the Shortlist titles for the 2017 CLEL Bell Picture Book Award. The CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards are a national award designed to recognize picture books that provide excellent support of early literacy development in young children.

The Shortlists include 25 titles – five from each practice – that model or support the early literacy practices: Read, Write, Sing, Talk, and Play. These books are excellent resources for librarians, teachers, and caregivers to engage children in early literacy and boost reading success. You can view the full list of 2017 nominations and past winners here.

CLEL members have the opportunity to vote for their favorite titles. Complete this short survey to let us know which Shortlist titles you have read and which you think deserve to win. Voting will end on Wednesday, January 4, 2017. The final decision is in the hands of the 2017 selection committee, but we appreciate your input.

Winning titles, one from each category, will be announced on February 5, 2017.

Have a wonderful week.

Survey Link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScvzeOviVrlcBRtPgP3p_fKLL9MFhFAeDEVHyBgpdYPvjiWWQ/viewform

CATS Winter Workshop 2017

Join us for the CATS Winter Workshop January 30, 2017 from 9am-4pm. Click here for the registration page. Cost is $45 for CAL members, $50 for nonmembers. Lots of wonderful offerings, see schedule below:

CATS Winter Workshop
January 30, 2017

9:00 – Library doors open
9:15 – Welcome and Introductions
9:30-10:15 – Opening Session The Venue
Robin Kurz, Emporia State University: Missing from Our Shelves: Librarian Censorship of GLBTQ Youth Titles
10:30-11:15 – Breakout Session One (choose one):
• Katniss for President! Creative Ways to Partner With Schools (Teen) – The Venue
• Fun is the Final Product: Process Art for Toddlers and Preschoolers (Children) – Children’s Programming Room
• STEM Out: Providing STEM Programming in the Community (Both) – ENT Meeting Room
11:30-12:15 – Breakout Session Two (choose one):
• Technology, Our Kids, Our Libraries (Children) – The Venue
• Teen Librarian-ing for Introverts (Teen) – Children’s Programming Room
• STEAM Works (Both) – ENT Meeting Room
12:30-1:30 – Lunch – The Venue
Rita King, Baker & Taylor: Trends
1:45-2:30 – Breakout Session Three (choose one):
• Everything You Wanted to Know About Beginning Readers But Were Afraid to Ask (Children) – The Venue
• Movin’ and Groovin’ (Children) – Children’s Programming Room
• TEAM Programming and Maker Spaces for Every Library (Both) – ENT Meeting Room
2:45-3:30 – Closing Session – The Venue
Grey Havens YA
3:30-4:00 – Guerrilla Storytime / Guerrilla Teen Programming (Gifts for attendees) – The Venue

Hope to see you all there!

The CLEL Steering Committee is Looking for New Members!

The CLEL Steering Committee consists of 13 members who are passionate in their belief in the importance of the library’s role in promoting early literacy skills for children aged birth through five and their caregivers. We are currently looking for 5 new Steering Committee members who will also act as Chairs and Co-Chairs for the following sub-committees: advocacy, grants and fundraising, training, and annual conference.  Good with numbers and budgeting? Join our Grants and Fundraising Committee, which also represents the CLEL Bells! Want to inspire other organizations outside of libraries to value early literacy? Our advocacy team would love your ideas! Want to get more librarians involved in CLEL? Want to oversee the nation’s ONLY conference dedicated to early literacy in libraries? The membership and annual conference teams would love to have you!

The Steering Committee meets once every 3 months (January, April, July, and October), so if the time commitment is nerve-wracking, fear not. We meet in Centennial, but we have remote access for those who are unable to attend the meetings in person. Each member of the Steering Committee serves for a term of three years.

If you are a gung-ho guerrilla storytime guru, if you wake up singing Pete the Cat, or if you play to learn just like Mister Rogers said to, you are a perfect candidate for the CLEL Steering Committee. Be on a team on the forefront of early literacy in libraries!

Interested candidates may send their names, contact information, and a short biography (no longer than 150 words) to clelorg@gmail.com. Don’t want to serve but know someone who would be perfect for the job? Pass this information along! All submissions must be received by Friday, November 18.

Colorado Teen Literature Conference Call for Proposals

Colorado Teen Literature Conference.  Denver, April 1, 2017 (No joke!)

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Hello everyone,

The 29th Annual Colorado Teen Literature Conference will be held at Denver’s Auraria Campus on Saturday, April 1, 2017, with keynote speakers Greg Neri (author of Tru & Nelle) and Gail Corriger (author of Etiquette & Espionage).

We are currently accepting proposals for program sessions at the conference. This is an excellent opportunity to try your hand as a presenter or moderator of a discussion panel.  Traditionally this forum has been a terrific event for networking and learning about best practices for working with our teen populations and keeping current in Teen Literature.

We are looking for workshops that appeal to an audience of both adults (teachers and librarians) and teens, presented by authors, educators or experts in young adult literature.

We especially encourage proposals in the following areas: writing for teens and kinetic programs to engage teens in literature.

Sumbit your proposal at:  http://coteenlitconf.wixsite.com/ctlc/call-for-presenters

Deadline for proposals is November 15, 2016!

This popular event is generously sponsored by Metropolitan State University of Denver, the Colorado Language Arts Society (CLAS), Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Young Adult Advocates in Libraries (C’YAAL), and REFORMA Colorado.

Should you have any questions, please contact Karen Bradley at kbradley@ald.lib.co.us or Jill Adams at jadams82@msudenver.edu.

We look forward to working with you!

The CTLC Planning Committee